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March comes in like a lion Anime's 2nd Season Reveals October 14 Premiere, Visual, 22 Episode Count

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
New series features returning staff including director Akiyuki Simbo

The official website for the anime series based on Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion manga revealed more details about the anime's upcoming second season on Monday. The new series will premiere on NHK channels on October 14 at 11:00 p.m., and the show will have 22 episodes.

The website also revealed a key visual for the second season. Character designer Nobuhiro Sugiyama drew the visual.

The first March comes in like a lion television anime series premiered on NHK in Japan last October. Crunchyroll and Daisuki both streamed the anime as it aired. The first season also had 22 episodes.

The new anime will feature a returning staff, including director Akiyuki Simbo, character designer Nobuhiro Sugiyama, art director Seiki Tamura, art setting designer Yasuhiro Nakura, sound director Toshiki Kameyama, composer Yukari Hashimoto, and animation studio SHAFT.

The story of the March comes in like a lion manga follows Rei, a solitary player of shōgi (a Japanese board game related to Western chess), and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

Umino started the manga series in Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine in 2007, and Hakusensha shipped the 12th compiled volume last September. The publisher will release the 13th volume on September 29. The series has won several awards including the Manga Taisho award and Kodansha Manga award in 2011. The manga also won the 18th Tezuka Osamu Prizes' Top Award in March 2014.

The manga also inspired two live-action films that opened in March and April, respectively.

Source: Comic Natalie

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